- Published on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 10:26
On Tuesday, the released administrative detainee, Khader Adnan, who was brought into the media spotlight after hunger striking for 66 days in protest of being held without trial by the Israeli Prison Service, visited relatives of political prisoners in the village of Tubas.
Khader Adnan, who was accompanied by Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), The Prisoners Club and International Solidarity Movement (ISM) , received a warm welcome by the villagers as they congregated in a tent outside the municipal offices where he spoke of his 66 day hunger strike, stating "We have a message for those mothers; we honour you. If the doors to the prisons are closed, the door of God will always be open."
The coordinator of the BDS described the day as "a celebratory day where the people who were affected by members of their family still being held in administrative detention felt as though they had the full support of all the movements and Palestinian campaign groups"
The groups, alongside Khader Adnan, then visited families of prisoners in their homes including the family of Mohammed Taj, 42, who has been on hunger strike since 15th March. As with all administrative detainees, the family have been given no visiting rights and wait for news from the prisoners lawyers.
The Israeli Prison Service have announced 1,350 prisoners are still refusing food and Israel continue to take punitive measures against them including denying them family visits and isolating them from other inmates.
The prisoners continue to strike in protest against these punitive measures and being held without charge or trial, a controversial measure taken by Israel to hold them indefinitely without any requirement to charge them for an offense.